Agribusiness Manager at Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA)

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Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) is an international non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. and Brussels, Belgium with offices in 16 countries throughout Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.

We work with businesses, foundations, governments and communities to build customized local and global partnerships that meet the world’s growing demand for food. Since our inception in 1985, we have designed and implemented enterprise-based, agricultural development initiatives to facilitate market access, enhance agribusiness competitiveness, increase productivity and improve access to inputs and credit across 45 countries worldwide.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Agribusiness Manager

Job ID: 479
Location: Delta
Job Type: Full-time
Category: International
Career Level: Manager
Reporting to: Agribusiness Director
Project: USAID Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity
Travel: Up to 25%

Position Description

  • Reporting to the Agribusiness Director, the Delta State Agribusiness Manager will work with agricultural enterprises of all sizes along the rice, maize, soy, fish and cowpea value chains.
  • Based at the Delta State level, the Agribusiness Manager will become familiar with the agribusiness sector; develop an effective and participatory network of agribusiness stakeholders, including public and private sector value chain participants; conduct needs assessments; report on policy constraints; and identify opportunities for the project to facilitate agribusiness finance and investment transactions.
  • The Agribusiness Manager will work directly at the State level with established agribusinesses (‘Lead Firms”) in the target value chains, in addition to their key suppliers, distributors, service providers, MSMEs, smallholder farmers, and other service providers within their value chains.
  • Serving as the Project’s main lead generation engine, the Agribusiness Manager will help identify:
    • The most critical legal and/or regulatory burdens constraining the partner firms’ growth and competitiveness,
    • Valid and justified access to finance requirements of the Lead Firms and their value chain partners (e.g. smallholder farmers, farmer associations, inputs dealers, aggregators, transport and storage firms), and
    • Potential agribusiness investment opportunities.
  • The Agribusiness Manager will also communicate and coordinate with the other State based Agribusiness Managers as well as with the 3 Component Leaders, M&E Director, and Strategic Communications team.

Program Description

  • The five-year USAID Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity, implemented by CNFA as part of the United States Government’s Feed the Future Initiative, strengthens the business enabling environment to promote private sector investment in agriculture.
  • To achieve this goal, the activity focuses on four interrelated components:
    • Improving the ease of doing business in the agricultural sector;
    • Broadening access to finance by mitigating the credit risks of agribusinesses;
    • Promoting investment opportunities for agribusinesses to expand and scale up operations, and
    • Sustainably enhancing the performance of agribusiness micro, small and medium size enterprises (MSMEs). In line with the U.S. and Nigerian Government’s commitment to growing the non-oil based economy, these efforts will increase the quality, quantity, market access, and diversification of Nigeria’s agribusiness sector.
  • Beginning in December 2018 and closing in 2023, this $15.6 million project aims to integrate thousands of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and producer organizations as high-performing commercial actors in the value chains for rice, maize, soy, aquaculture, and cowpeas.
  • As a result of streamlined regulations, more effective policies, improved production and processing practices, and significantly increased finance and investment flows, the project will increase the competitiveness and returns of both large and small sale agricultural enterprises.
  • Employing a value chain approach, the Agribusiness Investment Activity aims to facilitate $100 million in new investment and $200 million in finance across the 5 crops in 7 designated States: Kaduna, Niger, Kebbi, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, and Cross River.

 Duties and Responsibilities
The main duties of the Delta State Agribusiness Manager are:

  • Represent the project at the Delta State level.
  • Advise the Agribusiness Director and Component Leads on state-specific challenges related to the challenges and opportunities for improvements in the business enabling environment, access to agribusiness finance, and opportunities for agribusiness investment.
  • Meet with agribusinesses to develop a strong understanding of the legal, regulatory, and other barriers constraining agribusiness finance and investment in each value chain, and in association with the Enabling Environment Unit, actively contribute to the development of a clear and coherent vision for the reduction of these barriers.
  • Closely coordinate with the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) team to collect and utilize data to adaptively manage the effort and report on project achievements.
  • Serve as the primary lead generator for investment and financial transactions in the respective  Delta State.
  • Organize forums and meetings, including but not limited to project launches, policy reform focus groups, and agribusiness lending stakeholder roundtables, with Nigerian government officials, business associations, business development service providers, investors, financial institutions, and SME’s at the State level.
  • Ensure stakeholders and beneficiaries are aware of and interested in collaborating with the project, resulting in the project’s ability to capitalize on any shared efficiencies.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Business Administration, Finance, or another related field
  • At least (5) years of relevant, progressively responsible experience is required;
  • Experience in overseeing and working with short-term domestic and international specialists;
  • Able to maintain a rigorous focus on project deliverables, indicators and results, including being able to engage stakeholders to capitalize on any shared efficiencies;
  • Experience with Monitoring and Evaluation or MEL processes; and
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (knowledge of local languages is an advantage).
  • Experience in agricultural finance and in working with MSMEs, financial institutions, and investors;
  • Proven track record in developing, analyzing, and implementing projects focused on agribusinesses, agricultural finance, and agricultural value chains;
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating private-sector investments and familiarity with the workings of government legal and regulatory frameworks at the State level;

    How to Apply
    Interested and qualified candidates should:
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    Note

    • CNFA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer: It is the policy of CNFA to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons, regardless of age, race, religion, color, national origin, gender identity, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, veteran status, or on the basis of personal favoritism or other non-merit factors, except where otherwise provided by law.
    • Reasonable Accomodation & Contact Information: CNFA provides a reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please contact the CNFA Home Office Human Resources Department via email at: [email protected] or via phone at: 202-296-3920 if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job with us.

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